Spiritual Practices Explained Participants Guide

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Record thoughts and questions here that come up as you watch the episode.  Explore them later with the group.




 
Listen to God’s Word: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Discuss the Episode

  1. Spiritual practices are activities we engage in to help us experience God in our daily lives. Don and Lauren discussed some practices that are common among us, such as prayer, Bible study, fellowship, and corporate singing and worship. Describe specific benefits and struggles you have had with spiritual practices.
  2. Lauren says that the Gospel calls us to “live in our bodies well.” Most of us are aware that our sexual behavior affects our faith. Do you think our eating and exercise habits affect our relationship to God? If so, when are they beneficial? When are they harmful?
  3. Lauren states that we are to be disciples in everything we do, and that our daily activities influence our relationship with God. Do daily activities like shopping, commuting, or sleeping move you toward or away from God? How could these activities be done in such a way to experience God within them?
  4. What are your thoughts on spiritual practices? Are there practices you are doing or would like to try? How can communities encourage each other in spiritual practices?

 

Reflect on What Others Have to Say

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Spiritual disciplines…are designed to help us be active and effective in the spiritual realm of our own heart, now spiritually alive by grace, in relation to God and his kingdom.  They are designed to help us withdraw from total dependence on the merely human or natural (and in that sense to mortify the “flesh,” kill it off, let it die) and to depend also on the ultimate reality, which is God and his kingdom.
Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God

Disciplines are intentional ways we open space in our lives for the worship of God.  They are not harsh but grace-filled ways of responding to the presence of Christ with our bodies.  Worship happens in our bodies, not just our heads….Offering our bodies to God lands us smack in the middle of our weakness and limits. We don’t have unlimited energy, time and personal resources. We are finite. We need to be realistic about what our body can do and sustain…Spiritual disciplines are ways we give our bodies to unhurried rhythms of grace. They are ways we unhurry our souls before God.
Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us

 

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